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Melbourne Green Room awards dominated by My Fair Lady, Aladdin, King Roger, Split and Away

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The annual Green Room awards for performance were announced in Melbourne last night with mulitple awards going to Opera Australia’s production of King Roger and its Julie Andrews directed musical My Fair Lady co-produced with John Frost. The Disney musical Aladdin was also a multi winner. In a strong year for Malthouse, the play Away, co-produced with Sydney Theatre Company, won

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Murphy dance review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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It’s hard to imagine what Australian dance would be without the artistic vision and life-long dedication of choreographer Graeme Murphy. In a career spanning 50 years, he has not only pushed the boundaries of ballet styles, techniques and storytelling, but has paved the way for bringing raw and real emotion to the stage. When he

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Win tickets to the Australian Ballet’s ‘Murphy’ in Sydney

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The Australian Ballet is presenting the lavish and thrilling Murphy, a tribute in dance to the legendary dancer and choreographer Graeme Murphy in Melbourne this month and Sydney next month. In his 50 plus year career, Murphy has choreographed and directed dozens of dance and opera productions around the world with his signature physicality, humour and an unwavering commitment to

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Perth Festival reviews: Nassim, Far Side of the Moon, William Yang, Jude Kelly, Vessel, White Spirit, The Second Woman, You Know We Belong Together

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The performances, talks and conversations I’ve attended or participated in over the last two weeks of the Festival (which closed at the weekend) have raised lots of questions for me about the relationship between art and life. The eponymous title of Iranian playwright Nassim Souleimanpour’s play Nassim suggests that it may (or may not) be

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Australia Council Awards recipients announced for 2018

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The Australia Council has announced the 2018 recipients of Australia Council award which “recognise and celebrate the significant contributions of leading artists to the artistic and cultural vibrancy of the nation”. The winners, nominated by industry peers, are: Bruce Pascoe (VIC) – Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature Liza Lim (VIC) – Australia

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Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards announced in Brisbane

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The winners of the 2017 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards were announced last night by Carrillo Gantner AO, chair of the Sidney Myer Fund at the Brisbane Powerhouse as part of the Australian Performing Arts Market. The winners were playwright and actor Kate Mulvaney for the Individual Award ($60,000); Nicole Beyer, the executive director of Theatre Network Australia won the

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Monash Uni launches a program of music, theatre and dance, and it looks like a year-long festival

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Composer and former Adelaide Festival director, Paul Grabowsky, who is also the executive director of Monash Academy of Performing Arts in Melbourne, has announced the inaugural season of MLIVE – a program of Australian and international live music, theatre and dance curated “as a cultural response to Melbourne’s diverse and open-minded communities”. “We’ve assembled an incredible line-up

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Perth Festival reviews: Siren Song, Beyond Time, Repatriate, Museum of Water, Attractor

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Actor, writer and regular Daily Review contributor, Humphrey Bower has been engaged by the Perth Festival as a “Festival Navigator“. He navigates its first week of performances below.  The opening ceremony Gnarnk-Ba Karla Waarnginy (‘Speaking Fires of our Mother’) took place at the west end of St George’s Terrace: hardly the most obviously scenic spot, despite

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